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Burma Chronicles is the most enlightening and insightful book about life under the country’s brutal dictatorship in years, says Rory MacLean. Guy Delisle’s newest travelogue revolves around a year spent in Burma (also known as Myanmar) with his wife and son. Burma is notorious for. DeLisle’s (Pyongyang) latest exploration of Asian life is probably the best possible argument against the ruling junta in the embattled (and now.

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In that year, the cartoonist looks after their son, Louis, and shares his daily life with us through his strips.

We’re under dictatorship here. It could be a hard landing.

Burma through the artist’s eye

Cover of the English-language edition. Trivia About Burma Chronicles. Dec 11, Archit Ojha rated it liked it Shelves: Walking through crowded chaotic streets – makes sense you’d want your hands free. The scenario here has less inherent drama, burm the situation is less politically dire, even though matters of life and death are closer at hand his wife works for Doctors Without Borders, or something like it.

Aid workers, represented in by pictures and acronyms, wait and wait for travel passes to the destinations where the need is greatest. The book is fascinating because of the lack of message. Recommended to graphic novel readers.

A friend mentioned to me how the book seems to be more a collection of little bits than an actual story — to the extent that a memoir chroniclds have a story in the first place. With a lot of information and visuals to absorb, it took me three weeks to actually get this book read thoroughly and I’m happy picking it up at least.


It’s functionally served its own purpose. But it is chgonicles marvelous graphic memoir of a year in the life in a remote world that is beyond the ability of most readers to grasp. Burma is notorious for its use of concealment and isolation as social control: This is a very charming book, where Delisle manages to both lovingly describe a society that is alien to him often making himself the butt of the jokeswhile also showing several of the darker sides of the country and the situation it was in.

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Reading: Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle

Delisle presents himself as a tag-along, as his wife is doing work in Myanmar with MSF. Along the way, he’s created four graphic travelogues on his sojourns in North Korea, China and now Burma. The desperation of both the impoverished Burmese civilians and impotent NGOs is most movingly illustrated by the story of a field trip to the northern city of Myitkyina. This little French graphic novel reads Being a Burmese myself, I am always more than willing to lend my pair of ears to what the expatriates have to say about my country, Burmq.

His biggest fear is if he and his family were to be quarantined in Burma and wouldn’t be allowed to return home to France. The hassles the NGOs face while operating in the country, requiring visa almost every week to work in any region within the country.

In all this, Delilsle fails to note the selfless compassion shown by a man who at least once walked back to his home without an umbrella to help out two grown men who were incapable of making their way through the same rain. Exactly the right amount of visual information for a chronicle of this type.


One thing the book benefited from over his North Korea one is he’s much more comfortable making fun of himself, especially Guy Delisle’s Burma book is definitely recommended.

Reading: Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle

Jun 21, Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: The year long stay is presented through short stories, usually between one and four pages, showing either a specific event that happens, or his impression of an element of the local culture. Being a Burmese myself, I am always more than willing to lend my pair of ears to what the expatriates have to say about my country, Burma.


It seems I haven’t seen or realised it while reading his novel “Pyongyang”. Delisle is obviously curious about the society, and explores both politics, culture, daily life and religion.

But it’s good that some of them are available O: Feels like firsthand experience of an adventurous stay in Burma!! Burma Chronicleslike Delisle’s other graphic travelogues, features a simple drawing style and an acute attention burms detail.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Anyway, Delisle is not a political writer, nor a journalist, but he adds a heck of a lot to our understanding nonetheless.